Category Archives: Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

Images from Carney Library University Archives On Display Via Flickr.com – Check them out! They are cool!

Example of UMassD Carney Library Archives Digitized Images from Flickr.comIf you did not see the earlier post from our Carney Library University Archives, you might want to check out all the images recently extracted from books that our Carney Library Archives digitized and made discoverable. You can find these images by searching the terms “Claire T. Carney Library” at flickr.com. Our library archives images were made available by Kalev Leetaru, a Yahoo research fellow at Georgetown University. He extracted over 14 million images from over 2 million public domain eBooks held in the online Internet Archive (archive.org). Very cool, take a look at all of it. Try your own search combinations and see what comes up.

Try this search string to start: “Claire T. Carney Library”  or https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=%22Claire%20T.%20Carney%20Library%22

Bravo Carney Library University Archives! Bravo Kalev Leetaru! Enjoy!

A Recital by the Doppio Ensemble – Nov 18th – UMass Dartmouth – Presented by The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
presents a recital by the:

Picture & Logo: The Doppio Ensemble

What: A Recital by the Dippio Ensemble
When: November 18, 2014, 6:00 PM
Where: Room 153 CVPA, College of Visual & Performing Arts Building (Parking Lot 9),  UMass Dartmouth (Map)
~ Free and Open to the public ~

Established in 2002 with violinist Evandra de Brito Gonçalves and pianist Ana Queirós, Doppio Ensemble has performed in several festivals and concert halls throughout Portugal, England, Italy, France and Brazil. With a wide repertoire that ranges from the Baroque period to XXI century compositions, the duo dedicates special attention to Portuguese composers. Combining tradition and innovation is a distinguishing characteristic of the Doppio Ensemble. In its constant search for new challenges and eclectic sonorities, the duo frequently enjoys playing jazz, bossa nova and world music.

For more information please contact:
Sonia Pachecospacheco@umassd.edu or 508-999-8595

Historical Portuguese Newspapers of Hawaii Digitized and Available Via UMassD Claire T. Carney Library’s Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives

Image of historic OLUSO Portuguese NewspaperThe Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the addition of six Portuguese-language newspapers published in Hawaii between 1885 and 1937 to its Portuguese-American Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with The Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu, which provided the original newspapers.

In 1878 the German ship Priscilla brought 114 Portuguese, including entire families, to Honolulu. Although there had been Portuguese in Hawaii for at least a century or so, this event marked the start of mass Portuguese migration to the archipelago. According to historian Leo Pap, by 1888 about 12,000 “had made the long voyage halfway around the world to start new lives in a mid-Pacific island kingdom.” They came primarily from the islands of Madeira and Saint Michael to work as contract laborers in the sugar cane plantations that had been expanding as a result of the Reciprocity Treat of 1875 between the U.S. and the Kingdom of Hawaii, which allowed for the duty-free importation of Hawaiian sugar into the U.S. Within a few years after the arrival of the first immigrants, a vibrant Portuguese ethnic press began to develop in Hawaii. Research by Prof. Alberto Pena-Rodríguez of the University of Vigo, Spain, who was the Helio and Amelia Pedroso Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in the fall of 2013, between 1885 and 1900 there were at least nine Portuguese-Language newspapers published in Hawaii.

To make these historical newspapers available to researchers worldwide, in 2010, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (FMPAA) initiated a search for original copies of the periodicals and for organizations that would be willing to enter into a partnership to digitize them. After years of negotiations, which involved the shipping of fragile originals from Honolulu to Minneapolis (where the digitization took place) and back, the FMPAA partnered with the Hawaiian Historical Society of Honolulu to make this unique collection available worldwide. What in the past required researchers to travel to various archives and spend extensive hours of poring over paper documents or reel after reel of microfilm is now available, for free, from the comfort of one’s home, at the click of a computer mouse.

“The process utilized to digitize the collection created high quality scans, using a patented process that optimizes the text and illustrations,” said Sonia Pacheco, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives librarian/archivist who was responsible for the project. “Each issue of the newspapers in the collection may be browsed on its entirety or searched by keyword. The site also offers the possibility of searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection,” she added.

The digitization of the historical Portuguese newspapers of Hawaii is the third major venture undertaken by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives under its Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project. The first was the Diário de Notícias, a daily newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1919 and 1973 and the second a set of 14 titles published in California between the mid 1880s and 1940s. All may be searched online by going to:

The Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project
http://www.lib.umassd.edu/paa/portuguese-american-digital-newspaper-collections.

The first two initiatives were made possible by grants from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores; Elisia and Mark Saab of Advanced Polymers, Inc., in Salem, NH; and Luis Pedroso, of Accutronics, Inc., in Lowell, MA. The goal of Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project is to digitize all major historical Portuguese newspapers published in the United States. Individuals or organizations possessing copies of such newspapers or other historical documents associated with the Portuguese in the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695 or spacheco@umassd.edu.

Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story – Public Screening & Discussion of the Award Winning Film @ UMass Dartmouth, May 4th 2014

Image of Aristides de Sousa Mendes & visa signed by himWHAT: Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story – A Public Screening & Discussion of the Award Winning Film
WHERE: 
Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth
WHEN: 
2 P.M., Sunday, May 4, 2014

~ Free and Open to the Public ~
Use Parking Lot 13

On Sunday, May 4, 2014, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives and the Center for Jewish Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will hold a public screening and discussion of the award-winning film Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story. The event will take place at 2:00 PM in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library (Parking Lot 13).

In June 1940, when Nazi troops invaded France, an amazing rescue operation sprang into being. One man, on his own, defying the direct orders of his government, chose to grant visas out of Occupied France to an estimated 30,000 refugees, including around 10,000 Jews. This remarkable true story has been described by historians as “the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.” The man was Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul in Bordeaux.

Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story is a dramatization of the events surrounding that act of bravery that led then Prime Minister of Portugal António de Oliveira Salazar to strip Aristides de Sousa Mendes of his diplomatic position and his pension, forbidding him from earning a living and provide for his large family. It was also the act that led the state of Israel to declare Aristides de Sousa Mendes “Righteous Among the Nations” in 1966.
Directed by Joel Santoni and starring Bernard Lecoq as Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the film has been shown at various festivals, including the Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in Italy, where it won the “Best movie and best supporting actor” award; and the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival in California where it received the prize for “Best Narrative Feature.“

Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story will be introduced by Mr. Harry Oesterreicher, of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, whose father and grandfather received exit visas issued by the hero.

The Sousa Mendes Foundation was created in 2010 for the purpose of honoring the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and educating the world about his activities. It has a twofold mission: raising funds for the creation of a Sousa Mendes Museum and Human Rights Center in Portugal, and sponsoring US-based projects that perpetuate the legacy of Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

For further information about the screening of Disobedience: the Sousa Mendes Story, contact 508-999-8684 or email spacheco@umassd.edu.

Ary dos Santos: The Voice of the Resistance to the Salazar Dictatorship – A Talk by Cecília Amaral Figueiredo in Commemoration of Anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution, April 15th @ UMass Dartmouth

Image of Book Cover Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista & pic of  Ary dos Santos WHAT:  A talk by Cecília Amaral Figueiredo, author of Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista.
WHERE: Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth
WHEN:  5:30 PM, Tuesday April 15, 2014
Light refreshments will be served.

~ The event is free and open to the public ~

 

ARY DOS SANTOS: THE VOICE OF THE RESISTANCE TO THE SALAZAR DICTATORSHIP

April 1, 2014 – North Dartmouth, MA.  On Tuesday April 15, 2014, the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese American Archives at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, in collaboration with the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Portuguese Carnation Revolution with a talk by Cecília Amaral Figueiredo, who will present and sign her book Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place at 5:30 PM in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives. Light refreshments will be served.

In Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista, Figueiredo investigates the role played by the poetry of the Portuguese writer Ary dos Santos in giving voice to the feelings of thousands of Portuguese silenced and oppressed by the Salazar regime, which came to an end on April 25, 1974. At once intellectual and popular, Ary dos Santos’ lyric voice, argues Figueiredo, became a means by which the poet and his readers survived and resisted oppression.

According to Rui Zink, a Portuguese writer, cultural commentator and professor at Lisbon’s Universidade Nova, who wrote the preface to Figueiredo’s book, Ary dos Santos was “what one could call a ‘public poet,’” who has been neglected by academic studies. With Ary dos Santos: A Voz da Resistência à Ditadura Salazarista, Cecília Figueiredo begins to fill that lacuna and does it with generosity and attention, helping us “read and see” the merit of a writer who called himself “the poet of the people.” Applying the analytical and theoretical concepts of poetic resistance developed by Brazilian literary critic and historian Alfredo Bosi, and comparing the poet’s life and work to that of Russian poet, playwright, artist and actor Vladimir Mayakovsky, the author demonstrates that Ary dos Santos’ poems, whose language “abounds with versatility, irreverence, and vital restlessness,” make the poet and his readers allies within a larger act of collective resistance.

Cecília Figueiredo is a PhD candidate in Luzo-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Culture at UMassD, where she is working on a dissertation project that analyzes the concept of crisis in 20th century Portuguese novel. She has taught romance languages at the secondary and college levels in both the U.S. and Portugal. Currently, she teaches at Dartmouth High School.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access, from Parking Lot 13, please follow the footpath to the library entrance, exit the building on the opposite side, and proceed to the right, to the archives’ entrance.

For further information, contact 508-999-8684 or email spacheco@umassd.edu.

The Cabral de Mellos and New Bedford– Photographic Album — 1893-1931- A Book Presentation by Dr. José de Almeida Mello Monday, March 10, 2014 @ Claire T. Carney Library

UMass Dartmouth

 UMass Dartmouth invites you to
a book presentation of

The Cabral de Mellos and New Bedford–  Photographic Album — 1893-1931
by Dr. José de Almeida Mello
~
Monday, March 10, 2014

4:00pm
 ~
Grand Reading Room, Claire T. Carney Library
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747

Dr. José de Almeida Mello, historian, is the chief librarian of the Ponta Delgada Municipal Library and the cultural attaché of Ponta Delgada City Hall. He is also is a prolific author of many books and monographs. He published “Sahar Hassamain Synagogue in Ponta Delgada” (2009) a book that tells the story of the Synagogue and speaks of the importance to preserve the Jewish legacy in the Azores.

RSVP by Wednesday, March 5, 2014
to the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture 508.999.8255
or email portuguesestudiesctr@umassd.edu

UMass Dartmouth

 

Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey at 120: A Look Back At Her History And The History of Cape Verdean Immigration To The United States – a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli on March 3rd at the Claire T. Carney Library

Image of Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey

WHAT: Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey at 120: A Look Back At Her History And The History of Cape Verdean Immigration To The United States – a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli
WHEN: March 3: 3:00 to 5:00 PM
WHERE: Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room.


~ Free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served ~
Parking is available in Lots 13 and 14.

The Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, now home to the Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey Archives, is pleased to announce a joint lecture by Timothy Walker and Waltraud Coli to mark the 120th anniversary of the launching of the Effie M. Morrissey. The Archives of the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey, that were collected over a period of 40 years by her supporters and champions, will be featured along with the lecture, which will take place on March 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Library’s Grand Reading Room.

Walker will give an illustrated talk focusing on the historical importance of the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey and on its early days as a Grand Banks fishing vessel and arctic exploration vessel.  He will also address the vessel’s use as a sail training platform for educational programs at sea.  Coli’s illustrated presentation will focus on the ship’s captains during the decades the Schooner Ernestina was a Cape Verdean packet vessel and on the important role that Cape Verdeans played in U.S. immigration.

According to “An Expedition of Discovery,” The Schooner Ernestina’s pre-2005 historical timeline, written for the web site by Gregg Swanzey, “On February 5, 1894, a single line in the Gloucester Daily Times recorded an addition to the Massachusetts fishing fleet. ‘The new schooner for J.F. Wonson and Co. has been named Effie M. Morrissey.’ This marked the commonplace birth of a schooner that would become famous not only as Grand Banks fisher, but also as an arctic expeditionary vessel under the command of Capt. Robert Abram Bartlett and World War II survey vessel under Commander Alexander Forbes. After a galley fire in 1947 the Morrissey was raised and renamed Ernestina to serve in the trans-Atlantic Cape Verdean packet trade operated by Capt. Henrique Mendes.”   After being dismasted on her way to OpSail in 1976 and an international campaign to restore her led by the National Friends of the Ernestina/Morrissey, the newly-independent Republic of Cape Verde made a decision in 1978 to make the extraordinary gift of Ernestina to the “people of the United States,” symbolizing the centuries-old ties between the two countries.  She was finally able to make the return voyage in 1982, first to Newport and then to New Bedford, where she was repatriated.  The MA Schooner Ernestina Commission was set up in 1978 to officially receive her.  New Bedford is her home port.

Dr. Timothy Walker (B.A., Hiram College, 1986; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University, 2001) is an associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  At UMD, he serves as Fulbright Program Advisor (faculty and students); Associate Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture (2007-2009) and Director of Tagus Press; as well as a member of the graduate faculty of the Department of Portuguese Studies and an affiliated faculty member of the Center of Indian Studies and Program in Women’s Studies.  Walker is also an Affiliated Researcher of the Centro de História de Além-Mar (CHAM) and the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal.  From 1994 to 2003, he was a visiting professor at the Universidade Aberta in Lisbon.

Walker has been associated with the Schooner Ernestina/Morrissey for over fifteen years, as a crew member, educational advisor and on-board maritime history instructor.  During the 2003-2004 academic year, Walker taught for the University of Pittsburgh Semester at Sea program.  A passionate advocate of seaborne education, Walker has designed university-level programs at sea for Boston University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Massachusetts.  He has taught maritime history courses aboard numerous historic sailing vessels, including the schooners ErnestinaLettie G. Howard and Alabama, the brig Niagara and the frigate “HMS” Rose.  He was for many years the only American crewman aboard the Portuguese caravel Boa Esperança.  He presently serves as a consultant for educational programming for SEMA (the Schooner Ernestina/Morrissey Association) and the Tall Ships Rhode Island Foundation (the ship Oliver Hazard Perry).  In 2000 his maritime education course aboard the “HMS” Rose won the American Sail Training Association award for “Program of the Year.”

Waltraud Berger Coli, better known as “Traudi” earned a M.A. in Anthropology at Rhode Island College, where she specialized in Cape Verdean research, and a M.B.A. at Bryant University. She has researched and co-authored several articles on Cape Verdean issues. The widely-circulated short history of Cape Verdeans in Rhode Island was the first publication on Cape Verdeans in the diaspora. Two additional, extensive manuscripts on Cape Verdean ethnicity and history are awaiting publication.

During 1988-1995 she was involved in the creation of the Arquivo Histórico Nacional, Praia, República de Cabo Verde (The National Historic Archive in Cape Verde). For two years she received partial support for her research from the Paul Cuffe Memorial Fellowship of the Study of Minorities in American Maritime History of the Frank C. Munson Institute of Maritime Studies at the Mystic Seaport Museum.  Her research includes a large database on Cape Verdean captains and ship-owners (1860-1970). She has been assisting the Schooner Ernestina/Effie M. Morrissey since the 1970s and was on-board anthropologist/maritime historian and crew from 1993-2005.

This event is co-sponsored by the Schooner Ernestina Commission (SEC) and the Schooner Ernestina- Morrissey Association (SEMA) and will take place in the Grand Reading Room on the first floor of the Claire T. Carney Library on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s North Dartmouth campus.  It is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  Parking is available in Lots 13 and 14.  For further information, contact Judy Farrar at 508-999-8686 or jfarrar@umassd.edu.

More information on the archives can be found at http://www.lib.umassd.edu/schooner-ernestinaeffie-m-morrissey-archives.  The SEC web site is part of the DCR site at  http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/schooner-ernestina.html and the SEMA web site can be found at http://www.ernestina.org.

Presepios de Lapinha: An exhibit of Portuguese traditional sea-themed nativity scenes made by local artisans

What: Presepios de Lapinha – Exhibit of Portuguese traditional sea-themed nativity scenes  made by local artisans.

Where:  Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth

When:  Exhibit will open on November 29th, 2012 6:00pm with a cocktail reception  and will continue through December 13, 2012

~ Free and Open to the Public ~

Sponsored by:

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
and Casa dos Açores New England

For further information, contact 508-999-8695 or email spacheco@umassd.edu

Historical Portuguese Newspapers of California Digitized

from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Cultures Events page: http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/activities/events/events2012/120425.htm  

 The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives at the Claire T. Carney Library and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announce the addition of 14 Portuguese-language newspapers published in California between 1885 and 1940 to its Portuguese-American Digital Newspaper Collections. The project was done in collaboration with the J.A. Freitas Library, a special collections library privately owned and operated by the Supreme Council of P.F.S.A. in San Leandro, CA, which provided the original newspapers.

This unique collection, which includes some of the earliest known Portuguese-language newspapers in the U.S., such as O Progresso Californiense, first published in July of 1885, may be accessed through the Internet for free and without a password at http://lib.umassd.edu/archives/paa/PADigitalNewsColl.html. Each issue of the newspapers in the collection may be browsed in its entirety or searched by keyword. The site also offers the possibility of searching across all issues of the same paper or across all newspapers in the collection.

A formal presentation of the online site that houses the collection will take place

  • Saturday, April 28 at 6:00 PM in the J.A. Freitas Library, 1120-24 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA.
    Archivist Sonia Pacheco of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, who supervised the digitization, will provide an overview of the project and demonstrate the use of the site.

Similar presentations will also be held at the

  • Portuguese Historical Museum of San Jose on April 29th at 2:00 PM (History Park – San Jose, Phelan Ave. Entrance);
  • University of California, Berkeley on May 2nd;
  • Jose State University on May 3rd

For time and place please contact Prof. Deolinda Adã£o at 408-924-4022 or deolinda.adao@sjsu.edu. All presentations are free and open to the public.

The papers were digitized onsite at the J.A. Freitas Library by ArcaSearch of Minneapolis, MN. This process safeguarded the integrity of the fragile historical originals and created high quality scans, using a patented process that optimizes the text and illustrations. ArcaSearch also provided preservation quality microfilm, which will serve as a backup for long-term preservation of the contents of the papers.

Information which in the past required researchers to travel to various archives and spend extensive hours of searching paper sources or reel after reel of microfilm is now available from the comfort of one’s home at the click of a computer mouse. “This collection of historical newspaper is an invaluable resource for the study of the Portuguese-American experience in California and beyond,” said Dr. Frank Sousa, Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, who initiated the Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project.

“Given the major role played by the Portuguese in California agriculture, especially the dairy industry, this collection is of paramount value to the understanding of the state’s history and economy,” stated Dr. Maria da Gloria de Sá, Faculty Director of the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, the major repository of historical materials about the Portuguese in the U.S. “Much of the information contained in these newspapers cannot be found elsewhere. Sociologists, historians, anthropologists, political scientists and other academics researching issues associated with immigration and ethnicity will also find it a valuable tool, as will those interested in local and family history. It’s the most comprehensive and accessible database available to students and academic researchers interested in Portuguese-related issues, as well as individuals tracing their family genealogy,” added Dr. de Sá.

Besides keeping Portuguese Americans informed about local, national, Portuguese and world news, these newspapers also played a major role in documenting social events and life. Religious festivals, club activities, charity appeals, and visits of prominent individuals were regularly announced; weddings, births and deaths reported; and news of the arrival and departure of vessels bringing new immigrants or taking them for a visit back to their homeland were featured along with the respective passenger lists. Photographs, drawings, advertisements and editorials give us a window into period fashions, patterns of consumption, the cost of goods, types of businesses owned by the Portuguese and the perspectives of this ethnic group on the political and social issues of the times.

The digitization of the historical Portuguese newspapers of California is the second venture undertaken by the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives under its Portuguese-American Newspaper Digitization Project. The first was the Diãrio de Notã­cias, a daily newspaper published in New Bedford, Massachusetts between 1919 and 1973. The initiative was made possible by grants from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores (Carlos César, President); Elisia and Mark Saab of Advanced Polymers, Inc., in Salem, NH; and Luis Pedroso, of Accutronics, Inc., in Lowell, MA. The goal of the project is to digitize major historical Portuguese newspapers published in the United States. Individuals or organizations possessing copies of such newspapers or other historical documents associated with the Portuguese in the U.S. are encouraged to contact Sonia Pacheco at 508 999-8695 or spacheco@umassd.edu.

Hybrid Identity and the Portuguese-American Experience in the Novels of Alfred Lewis – A lecture by Prof. Frank F. Sousa – 5 P.M., May 10, 2012

What: A lecture by  Prof. Frank F. Sousa entitled: “Hybrid Identity and the Portuguese-American Experience in the Novels of Alfred Lewis”
Where: Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, Claire T. Carney Library
When: May 10th, 2012, 5:00 P.M.

~ Free and open to the public ~ Light refreshments will be served ~

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth announce a lecture, “Hybrid Identity and the Portuguese-American Experience in the Novels of Alfred Lewis,” by Prof. Frank F. Sousa, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, on Thursday, May 10 at 5:00 P.M. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives (Parking lot 13). The lecture, free and open to the public, will include the launching of Lewis’s novel Home Is an Island. Light refreshments will be served.

Alfred Lewis (1902-1977) is the author of two published novels: Home Is an Island (Random House, 1951; Tagus Press, 2012) and Sixty Acres and a Barn (Tagus Press, 2005 and 1912). This lecture examines how these two works of fiction complement each other—the first treats life in the Old Country (Azores, Portugal) in the first quarter of the twentieth century, through the story of a young man who is about to emigrate to the America of his dreams, while the second is set in America, where the main character, a recent immigrant, pursues the American Dream on a dairy farm in the Central Valley of California during the 1940s. Both works call attention to the balancing act of dual identities and divided loyalties in individuals and communities on the margins between cultures. No other writer captures so well how the poor in the Azores viewed the promise of America and how Portuguese immigrants made a new life for themselves.

Alfred Lewis, born Alfredo Luís in the mid-Atlantic island of Flores, in the archipelago of the Azores, Portugal, was the son of a nineteenth-century whaleman who sailed the seven seas and eventually became a gold prospector in California, before returning to his homeland. Lewis himself immigrated to the Central Valley (Atwater) in 1922. Having learned English only after arriving in America, he nevertheless went on to study law and become a municipal judge in the San Joaquin Valley town of Los Baños.

Prof. Sousa’s lecture will conclude with the launching of a new, hardbound edition of Alfred Lewis’s classic novel, Home Is an Island, originally published by the prestigious Random House Publishers in 1951. The novel received much critical acclaim, including two reviews in the New York Times, and was highly praised by the well-known American novelist Patricia Highsmith, who wrote, “One does not often find a novel that reads like a poem, that tells a simple story in a simple prose, and yet is heroic, a novel of importance.”

Home Is an Island is volume 17 of the Portuguese in the Americas Series published by Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England. The Tagus Press cloth edition, sponsored by the Luso-American Foundation, features a foreword by Congressman Devin Nunes and a preface by Frank F. Sousa.

Frank F. Sousa is professor of Portuguese and director of both the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and Tagus Press at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He is the author of O segredo de Eça, an often-cited work on Portugal’s foremost novelist of the nineteenth century.

Directions: The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access during library construction, as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and take the elevator to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right, to the Archives entrance.

For further information, contact 508-999-8686 or email jfarrar@umassd.edu.